Ipsy Monthly Subscription Glam Bag July 2013 - Review, Swatches

July 18, 2021

Ipsy Glam Bag Review - Ipsy July Review
July Ipsy Glam Bag "Beach Beauty" and Bonus Bracelet - California Collection BH Eyeshadows, Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Hairspray, Pouty Pop Crayon, Nailtini Polish and Coola Mineral Sunscreen.
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Mackenzie's Notes: 

It's that lovely time of the month when a surprise package arrives, filled with surprise goodies in my mailbox.  I was very excited to receive July's Ipsy Glam Bag, as in the midst of moving, with boxes and my apartment pretty much flying, the opening of some pretty makeup products would be a calming and exciting event, if only for 5 minutes.  This month's bag is titled "Beach Beauty", and rightfully so, as it is a neon pink jelly bag filled with products perfect for the summertime and for beach going.  There were 5 products included and I also received this beautiful dainty bracelet from Bauble Bar since at least two lovely followers signed up to Ipsy using my referral link; thank you, and I hope you're enjoying your new Ipsy subscription as much as I am. 

For more details on the Ipsy subscription service and to see what I received in the past, check out our post on the months of May and June.  The July Glam Bag was really cute and its contents retailed approximately $25 (monthly subscription is only $10), so Ipsy continues being a winner in my book.  For more thoughts on the products, keep reading!

July Ipsy Glam Bag 2013 - California Collection Eyeshadows from BH Cosmetics: Hollywood, San Francisco and Malibu

1. BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow Trio - Happy to see this included, as they are packaged nicely and include some fun colors (the Malibu color is so lush!). 
2. Nailtini Polish "Mai Tai" - Full size polish with great formula.  It is an orange color leaning red. 
3. Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20 - This is my least favorite product out of the bag.  It goes on very easily but sits on top of my skin and looks like I'm wearing a white mask!  It says it is unscented but it has a chemically, rubbery smell - yuck. 
4. Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof hair spray - This hair spray smells nice and it feels light on my hair. 
5.  Pouty Pop Crayon "Coral Crush" - Love these pencils - they are twist up, offer great pigmentation, a cooling sensation when they apply and a soft shine.

July Ipsy Glam Bag 2013 - Wearing Coral Crush Pouty Pop Crayon from Pop Beauty (you can find them at your large Duane Reade stores)
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Reader's Recommendations: What did you receive in your Ipsy bag this month? Were you happy with it? Do you have any other recommendations for other subscription services?



Influenster Vox Box - Mary Kay Makeup Influenster

July 15, 2021

Mary Kay Makeup Review - Influenster Vox Box Review 

Influenster Vox Box - Mary Kay Influenster Vox Box Review


Miranda's Notes: 
Whenever I come across ads or photographs from the 1960s, I'm always amazed at the beautiful, classic makeup and the way the models look put together while still being chic. The whole 60s era beauty trend relies on strong features, rose and pink colors, doe eyes, and bright accents.  Mary Kay makeup, founded in 1963 by Mary Kay Ash, has the perfect products for creating classic looks.  When I received this beautifully pink curated box from Influenster, I was intrigued - I was familiar with Mary Kay makeup but didn't have big expectations (spoiler, alert! these exceeded my expectations).
Mary Kay packaging is sturdy and non-bulky
Mary Kay Cream Eye Color Review - Violent Storm is a soft, creamy, long wearing eye shadow.  The color is highly pigmented and lasts approximately 4 to 5 hours without creasing.  While this purple glitter eye shadow isn't as wearable for everyday and is better suited for going out, Mary Kay also carries several other lovely shade options.
Mary Kay mascara - brushes close up (the large mascara tube holds a lot of product)
The Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara is a new favorite! Oh my goodness, this mascara lengthens, separates, enhances, lasts long, and creates wide, doll-like eyes without clumping. The plastic brush is perfect for any type of eyelashes and two quick coats give you that 1960s chic look.

The Mary Kay Lash Primer is a clear liquid meant to add dramatic definition and fuller looking lashes.   I did not notice any effect, and the Lash Love Lengthening mascara did the job all on its own!
Mary Kay True Dimensions Pink Cherie Review (opening the lipstick is different from all other lip products I've tried, but I'll let you figure it out, it's part of the fun!)
Mary Kay True Dimensions Lip Stick Pink Cherie - you know the saying you can't love it, 'till you try it? Well, that saying was made for this lipstick.  The Mary Kay Pink Cherie lipstick has taken its place of honor in my purse - this lipstick has a moisturizing formula with strong pigmentation and lasting power.  The rose tinted pink shade is a lovely color that is perfect for all occasions and would look flattering on anyone.

Thank you to Influenster Vox Box and to Mary Kay for helping me discover new favorites from beautiful classics!

Disclosure: product sent for consideration, opinions are all our own.


Frosted Gumdrops Nail Art Tutorial - Dots, French Tip and Ombre Manicure

July 10, 2021

Dot Nail Art Tutorial - Ombre Nail Art Tutorial


Mackenzie's Notes:
The theme for the third week of the Busy Girl Nails Challenge is Dots, and I wanted to create a look that was soft, summery and flattered short nails, so I am hoping that these Frosted Gumdrop nails do just that.  I applied dots in colorful pastels over a natural base color, and finished it off with a white ombre and glitter.  This is a very soft and girly look, and it also elongates your nails due to the french tip effect.

I am including a step by step tutorial below on how to achieve this dot nail art.  All you need are your polishes, some nail polish remover, a dotting tool (or hair pin) and a cosmetic sponge.  For more inspiration, search Instagram for the #busygirlnails community and see all the creative manicures other fellow beauty bloggers came up with. For more detailed info about this nail art challenge and to see what stripes nail art we came up with click here; for our glitter nail art challenge click here.

Polishes used:  Sation "Love at first Byte", Sally Hansen "Lacey Lilac", Sally Hansen "Mellow Yellow", Sally Hansen "Green with Envy", Revlon "Passionate Pink", Revlon "Dreamer", Sinful Colors "Pinky Glitter", Sinful Colors "Snow Me White".
I really enjoyed this polka dot manicure for summer: it is subtle and has an elongating effect
 I liked the idea of having the bare nail be part of the design, as it is chic and more demure at the same time
Little army of polishes I used! I fell in love with Sinful Colors' Pinky Glitter, a beautiful glitter in a fluorescent pink jelly base
Polk Dot Nail Art Tutorial and Ombre Nail Art Tutorial
Reader's Recommendations:  Hope you enjoy this tutorial and try it yourself at home! Let me know if you have any questions or any other nail art ideas you would like to see in a tutorial format.


NEW Maybelline Electro Baby Lips Summer Collection - Review and Swatches

July 8, 2021

Limited Edition Maybelline Baby Lips - Electro Baby Lips Swatches, Electro Baby Lips Review
The new limited edition Electro Baby Lips from Maybelline - such a fun collection, colors, scents, packaging and all! (these twist all the way down, but I wanted to show you the tube colors)
Mackenzie's Notes:
Maybelline recently released a new limited edition baby lips summer collection centered around neon colors and appropriately named Electro Baby Lips (fluorescent colors continue to be a huge trend this season). My sister Miranda is a big fan of the Baby Lips line, and got me into them as well when she gifted me one as a present.  I really enjoy wearing these due to their moisturizing ability, color, ease of application and totally scrumptious scents! I find myself applying Maybelline Baby Lips often during the day as they have become a fun part of my daily routine.

The new Electro Baby Lips shades have new packaging (cue the fluorescent text on a black tube), yet claim they have a similar moisturizing formula and fruity scents as the previous Baby Lips, minus the SPF.  I purchased the three shades I thought would have the most color pay off at my local Rite Aid for $3.89 each. The Maybelline limited collection includes two sheer balms and some other pigmented colors, out of which I picked up Berry Bomb 80, Oh! Orange! 85 and Strike a Rose 95 (lip and face swatches below). 
The size of the Electro Baby Lips balms - they apply easily and quickly on the lips
Maybelline Electro Baby Lips - matching color caps with a black twist up tube
Pros: Such a refreshing price on these! I can't remember the last time I got a lip product at the drugstore for less than $5.  And for that price, these Baby Lips give you good pigmentation, glossy shine, are moisturizing and smell divine!  The packaging of the Baby Lips is adorable, sturdy and perfect for on the go.  This collection had some really original colors and had a nice range of hues.

Cons:  For a summer collection, I am very surprised these don't contain SPF, and I really wish they did.  While the scents are enjoyable, I can discern a chemical taste when applying and wearing these balms.  The Electro Baby Lips (similar to previous releases) have a wet, glossy formula and therefore don't last very long on the lips (about an hour or two on me).

Grade: 4.8 / 5
Berry Bomb 80 swatch, Strike a Rose 95 swatch, Oh Orange! 85 swatch - Swatched four times for maximum possible pigmentation
 1. Maybelline Berry Bomb -  A true blue toned purple hue, it applies with light-medium opacity.  This might be my favorite color out of all the Baby Lips, as blue toned purples are so hard to find.  This looked very pretty with the gold eye shadow I was wearing, and I can't wait for fall to really break this baby out (get it!).  Product scent is similar to grape jelly.

2. Maybelline Strike a Rose - A bright pink hue leaning coral, it applies with medium opacity and is the most pigmented out of all the shades I purchased.  It's the most wearable and fresh color out of the three, and I now carry it in my purse for daily use.  Product scent is similar to fruit punch candy.

3. Maybelline Oh! Orange! - A true orange hue, it applies with light opacity; it is the least pigmented shade I bought but still does show up on my lips.  This particular color is a wearable orange shade that doesn't lean too yellow and gives you a light wash of orange. Product scent is similar to orange creamsicle.

Readers' Recommendation: Have you purchased any of the new Maybelline Electro Baby Lips? What are your thoughts on them, are you a fan?




Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Nars Angelika Blush Swatch - Nars Blush Review

July 7, 2021

Nars Angelika Blush Review - Nars Blush Swatch and Review
Nars Angelika Blush Review - beautiful, sleek packaging 
Miranda's Notes: 
As evidenced by my continued silence these weeks, I've been tackling some bar exam extravaganza.   My days are starting to fuse together, I'm using Latin words in random conversations to force myself to memorize, and I've been snacking on everything that comes my way.  My sister Mackenzie has come to the rescue with blog posts and I look forward to taking small breaks to catch up on her reviews and nail art (that's right, I'm our blog's most devoted reader hehe!). 

In the past months, we have been fortunate to be sponsored by SkinCareRx - SkinCareRx, and sister sites Apothica and Skinbotanica, are one-stop shops for everything pretty.  And I mean, everything! From organic candles, to hair care, affordable makeup, beauty best sellers, and effective skincare, SkinCareRx has it all.  We were also excited to promote SkinCareRx for all the amazing sales that happen frequently - we can rely on top notch customer service and great deals! As part of the sponsorship, I had the chance to try this Nars Angelika blush - shipping was fast, packaging was secure, and I was ready to enjoy this lovely pink blush! Be sure to visit SkinCareRx and Apothica to snag some deals! 
A little bit of Nars pink to brighten everyone's day 
Nars Angelika Blush Review 
Pros: Nars blushes are legends in the blush world, and for a good reason. Nars Angelika has strong pigmentation, blends easily, and lasts long.  I wore Nars Angelika through the hot DC summer and the color lasted with no patches and very slight wear.  Angelika is a cool toned pink that reminds me of cotton candy - as you can see from the photos, it just livens up the face and adds a lovely flush. I adore pink colors so this hot candy pink, with silver shimmer, was the ideal summer color! 

Cons: Nars Angelika is crazy pigmented so I recommend applying just a bit at the beginning (on the plus side, this means the product can last a long time).  If you prefer matte blushes only, keep in mind this has shimmer.  If the price is a deterrent, because Nars blushes are expensive, you should take a look at ELF blushes which are often dupes for Nars blush colors (but keep in mind the quality may not be the same).

Grade: 4.5/5
Nars Angelika Swatch with shimmer (nails are Pretty Aztec design)
Nars Swatch - I only applied a little bit of the product (the pigmentation is crazy strong!)
Nars blushes include a mirror which is quite helpful - the packaging makes it easy to carry as well 
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Disclosure: product sent for consideration, opinions are all our own.  

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

July 4th Glitter Nail Art - Mix and Match American Manicure

July 4, 2021

Patriotic Nail Art - Fourth of July Nail Art 
My friend Hope modeling the Mix and Match 4th of July glitter nail art; I loved the thumb design the most
Mackenzie's Notes: 
This July 4th, I had my perfect chance to create a USA Independence Day manicure, full of stars and stripes, bold graphic designs, glitter and rich hues of red and blue.  I have always adored stripes and stars manicures, as they are the perfect Americana touch for a retro inspired manicure.  My friend Hope kindly agreed to be my (very patient) nail model for this look, and after about two hours of nail painting, we were both pleased with the final result!  This nail art design is a continuation of the the Busy Girl Nails challenge (click here for the challenge rules and previous designs!), and as this week's theme was "Glitter", it was the perfect chance to incorporate glitter polishes for extra sparks and celebration.

I hope you sport some fun designs on your nails this Fourth of July, as nails are the best accessory during this hot summer weather.  I will be watching the New York City fireworks (from my roof) and will enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and his family; my sister, Miranda, will be lucky enough to watch the beautiful DC fireworks (which one day I hope to see as well).  

Polishes Used: Revlon Superstitious (blue swatch), Wet n Wild Wild Shine (red swatch), Wet n Wild Fast Dry Rocking Ruby (red glitter swatch), Kiss Nail Art White (white). 

We wish you a fun filled Fourth of July and that you enjoy the day with your family and friends, wherever you are! Happy Independence Day! 
These designs work just as well on short nails; I used a striper brush to draw in the stripes and stars
Glitter placement gives the manicure some dimension - I chose an Old English font as it fits the patriotic theme
All American Nail Art - blue jeans, stars and stripes - Happy Independence Day!